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Steelers hold off Pats, keep North lead

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels, making his second start in place of injured James Conner, ran for a career-high 142 yards and made a critical third-down reception in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off the New England 17-10 on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards with two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions as the Steelers (8-5-1) remained in front of Baltimore in the AFC North with two weeks to go in the season. Chris Boswell, who has struggled so badly this season the team held open tryouts during the week, atoned for a 32-yard miss in the third quarter by drilling a 48-yarder with 2:30 remaining.

Pittsburgh's defense, which let fourth-quarter leads slip away each of the last two games, made it stand. The Patriots (9-5) missed a chance to clinch their 10th straight AFC East title when Tom Brady's pass into the end zone for Julian Edelman was knocked down by Pittsburgh's Morgan Burnett.

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Bears clinch North with win over Packers

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention.

They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario.

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Colts cool Cowboys with 23-0 blowout

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday.

His teammates took the cue.

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Vikes use ground game to rip Miami 41-17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With a new play caller in place, the Minnesota Vikings recommitted to running the ball. And Dalvin Cook proved again his capability, when healthy, of taking over a game.

Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for the Vikings, who stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Jackson helps Ravens run past Bucs 20-12

BALTIMORE (AP) The Ravens are making a serious playoff run behind fleet-footed rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, the key figure in Baltimore's rejuvenated ground game.

Jackson picked apart the Tampa Bay defense on a soggy field, running for 95 yards and throwing for 131 to carry the Ravens to a 20-12 victory Sunday.

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49ers snap skid vs. Seahawks with OT win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Robbie Gould kicked a 36-yard field goal with 3:06 left in overtime and the San Francisco 49ers snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Seattle Seahawks with a 26-23 victory on Sunday.

Nick Mullens threw for 275 yards and a touchdown to help the 49ers (4-10) win consecutive games for the first time this season. Richie James Jr. returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown and Gould kicked four field goals to give San Francisco its first win in the rivalry since 2013 when Jim Harbaugh was still coach.

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Henry runs for 170, Titans blank Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are hoping to get to the playoffs riding the tandem of Derrick and the Defense.

It had been a perfect formula the last couple of weeks, and on a rainy Sunday it led to a third straight win and the Titans' first shutout in 18 years.

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Redskins end skid at 4, stay in hunt

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Josh Johnson's Madden rating should get a bump after his first NFL start in seven years.

Johnson, who played Madden NFL 19 to learn his new teammates' names, led Washington on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 16-13 on Sunday.

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Jones and Jones power Falcons in rout

ATLANTA (AP) The Falcons were struggling again, and quarterback Matt Ryan was looking for something to spark the team.

Ryan got just what he wanted from his teammate, linebacker Deion Jones.

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Allen leads banged-up Bills over Lions

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) After putting the Bills ahead with his arm, Josh Allen sealed Buffalo's 14-13 victory over the Detroit Lions with his leaping legs.

All the rookie quarterback needed was a push.

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